During the month of November, people are busy getting ready for the holidays. Thanksgiving is this week, and Christmas will be here before we know it. Families are busy preparing thanksgiving meals with each other and planning out their Black Friday shopping, hoping to get deals on Christmas gifts for family and friends.
Amid the busyness of the season, many people are reflecting on the things they are thankful for. Some will offer thanks on Thanksgiving day, and others will share on social media one thing they are thankful for each day of November.
Thanksgiving will come and go in the blink of an eye, quickly followed by the New Year. This next year will go by even faster than the last, and before we know it, we will find ourselves back at Thanksgiving again.
How many of us will think about what we are thankful for between this Thanksgiving and the next?
It’s great that so many of us share with family and friends all that we have to be thankful for, but I think most of us (myself included) are quick to take what we have for granted. It’s easy to get used to having family around or a good job. It’s easy to see that as normal. It’s just as easy to focus on everything we don’t have and complain about it.
What does the Bible say about being thankful?
Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. — 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
The Bible tells us to rejoice, pray, and give thanks! But we are only supposed to do that in November, right? No. Paul tells us to give thanks in everything.
I would like to challenge you (and me) to give thanks to God 365 days a year. We have so much to be thankful for that a whole year wouldn’t even be enough time.
If you are a Christian, you can give thanks to God for sending His Son to pay your debt on the cross. You can thank Him for His grace, mercy, and love. You can thank Him for His Word and the freedom to be able to read it, study it, and know Him personally.
You probably have a family to be thankful for. You can thank God for them, and you can take a moment to tell your family how thankful you are for them. What about friends, teachers, mentors, coworkers, or members in your church?
You can be thankful for the things you’ve been blessed with too. A home, job, food and clothing, or even talents and abilities you have.
If you are lack any of these things, you can thank God for providing for you and being there for you in your time of need. The things we can thank God for are endless.
Next time you’re tempted to take what you have for granted or complain about what you don’t have, remember all the things you have to be thankful for whether it’s Thanksgiving or the middle of the spring. Every day is a good day to be thankful.
Your sister in Christ,